Commodores can play spoiler in SEC East

On a Saturday on which Vanderbilt was idle, Florida upset Georgia to throw the SEC East into a three-team logjam. With games remaining against two of the East's three leaders, the Commodores are in position to have a big say about which team represents the East in the SEC Championship Game Dec. 6.

On a Saturday on which Vanderbilt was idle, Florida upset Georgia to throw the SEC East into a three-team logjam. With games remaining against two of the East's three leaders, the Commodores are suddenly in position to have a big say about which team represents the East in the SEC Championship Game Dec. 6.

In Jacksonville, Fla., the No. 23 Gators defeated No. 4 Georgia, 16-13. Georgia, Florida and Tennessee are now atop the SEC East standings with two losses apiece. Florida owns a win over Georgia, Georgia owns a win over Tennessee, Tennessee has defeated Florida, and each of the three teams has one loss to an SEC West opponent.

Vanderbilt (1-8, 0-5 SEC) faces Florida (6-3, 4-2) in Gainesville next Saturday at noon CT, 1:00 ET. The Gators, once given up for dead under second-year head coach Ron Zook, will enter the game on a three-game winning streak, and all three wins have come on the road against SEC foes. Meanwhile Florida's Oct. 4 loss to Ole Miss is looking more and more understandable.

The Commodores also have a road date remaining with Tennessee (6-2, 3-2) on Nov. 23. The No. 19 Volunteers defeated Duke 23-6 at home Saturday, and play at No. 2 Miami next Saturday.

Georgia (7-2, 4-2) has SEC games remaining against Auburn and Kentucky. Florida must play Vanderbilt and South Carolina, while Tennessee must play Mississippi State, Vanderbilt and Kentucky.

Should all three SEC East leaders finish with two losses, the tiebreaker could come down to a vote of the SEC athletic directors whose teams are not involved.

Ole Miss stayed atop the SEC West with a 43-40 win over South Carolina Saturday. The No. 20 Rebels (7-2, 5-0) stayed perfect in SEC play.

In other SEC action Saturday, Arkansas defeated Kentucky 71-63 in a seven-overtime game; Auburn blasted Louisiana-Monroe 73-7; and LSU defeated Louisiana Tech, 49-10.


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